Kyoto Dusk

Kyoto Dusk

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Since I woke up almost always before dawn during my trip to Japan, I took the opportunity to take some shots even in the streets bordering the main points of interest of Kyoto. This street that in the evening is full of life and locals, in the early morning is a very quiet street and in my opinion enjoys one of the most beautiful views of Kyoto

I stayed here doing some shots waiting for the opening of the Kiyomizu-dera temple that is nearby, I made several shots in the hope that someone would pass in typical clothes in the early morning, but I was not so lucky 🙂



I blended my exposures into one image, first thing was to fix the lights on th lamps using luminosity masks.  After this I increased details and I applied dodge and burn over the darker areas of the image

I increased the blue tones of the image using my panel with the use of the cold highlights and cold shadows filters that apply selectively a cold filter to highlights and shadows. After a soft dark orton effect, after a slightly increased the shadows and I added more glow to the lamps over the lights

The last passage was to increase the dark mood with a small vignette.

I hope you will find this usefull. I’m always happy to ear this from you!



Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

Various Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

The Rock

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Rocks

During my stay in Ischia I could not visit the characteristic Castello Aragonese. , Is a rising fort on a small island of volcanic origin slightly detached from Ischia and connected  through the bridge you see on the right. The whole island of Castello Aragonese can be visited and is also very interesting, if you want to get to the top, there’s also a lift that allows you to save you skip 60 meters high.

I went to the castle a few minutes before sunset , I did not have much of a hurry because my intention was to photograph it during the blue hour… so it was, I came across this little corner of the beach that run along the bridge leading to the castle, I take on the place some shots between the different moments of the sunset.

I started working with luminosity masks to blend the exposures, sky was manually blended from another series of exposures I take before. After the blend of the images with luminance masks I started increasing colors (more yellows) to create a cool mix between golden hour and blue hour. I put a little Orton Effect to the image to create a gleam effect to the lights behind Castello Aragonese, some detail increase and contrast adjustments using my action pack and that’s it.



Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015



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Giuseppe Sapori - Sant'Angelo

I spent a wonderful weekend in Ischia in the early June of this year, this island is located in the south of Italy just close to the city of Naples. I did not go on this island for many years and it was nice to come back to relive those places, those people that sea. First photographic exit on the island of Ischia I went to Sant’Angelo district, one of the most beautiful island, here a ground strap meets a small island by creating a shortcut very particular. I took several photos throughout the area including this one which is taken from the road that leads to Sant’Angelo. Photo made from 5 exposures and combined with luminance masks, I did not madevery large interventions save as saturation to bring out the colors of the sunset.



Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Five Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 200 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015

Stairway to the Sky

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Giuseppe Sapori - Steps on the Clouds

The Metropol Parasol in Seville, as I write some time ago on my facebook page this gigantic wooden structure was one of the key points of my visit in the beautiful Spanish city of Seville. The Metropol Parasol stands at the center of a large square near the city center where it’s possible to go upstairs with an elevator and then walk on the wooden frame to admire the beautiful panorama of the city.

That day I was particularly lucky because during the dusk the sky becomes cloudy, the right conditions to take my shots, between clouds and filtered light of sunset.
I take this picture from 5 exposures, I had wait a bit ‘on the steps to wait for the passage of people/tourist on the bridge of Metropol Parasol… despite the time was still a lot, however I realized my series of exposures without much trouble 🙂 I worked the images almost completely with the use of Luminance Masks and Camera Raw.



Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 200 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2015

Roman nightfall

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So I find myself back in my hometown to take pictures waiting my next trip, this is the left side that you see along the  Sant’Angelo bridge, in my opinion the best bridge over the Tevere river. This is a pedestrian bridge  Read more...that is crossed every day at all hours of the day by thousands of tourists because of it you can see straight to the Castel Sant’Angelo and upleft citizen with a glimpse of the dome of St. Peter. I made this image by five exposures, for processing I used the single exposures without merge with each other but taking the best from each display part to achieve the final result.



Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

Three Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

Software: Photoshop CC



Dusk Lights

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This is the Sciarra Gallery in Rome which is located in the Oratory square few minutes walking from Trevi’s Fountain. It ‘a very small non-commercial gallery, that constitutes

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Beyond the Dusk

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I took this photo at Gianicolo in Rome, in this picture, the Fontana dell’acqua Paola (Fontanone) at the point where the Via Garibaldi reaches the top of the Gianicolo.

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The Twilight Gate

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Giuseppe Sapori - The twilight Gate

This is the entrance of Villa Celimontana, an ancient park dating back to the sixteenth century. The park is located at the top of the celium hill.
It ‘a very quiet and peaceful place and it also manages to provide excellent opportunities for HDR images. To take this HDR I stay for a few minutes in front of the main gate of the park, I made 5 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) that I merged with layer masks, in fact, I used some of the underexposed shots to improve the clarity of the sunset and to remove some  too strong details in other area of the final image.

Shooting during the golden hour

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Giuseppe Sapori - Breathing View

The light in all kind of photography is the main element, the value added to our images. A photo with good light is a good picture regardless of the subject, so it is important always taking pictures in those moments where the sunlight is softer and warm.

This moment is called the Golden Hour and is representing the hour of sunrise or sunset where we can get these great lighting conditions that give the images taken with a flash. The Golden hour is the hour between the twilight atmosphere of dawn and dusk

Why is better shooting during the golden hour?

During the golden hour the light in the sky is more soft and the colours leave space to oranges and reds, the angle of the sun makes it more interesting contrast with shadows and the scene fills with more warm and softness colours. The light are generally more dramatic and helps you to create more involving and capturing images

How to plan the Golden Hour

It is not always easy to catch this moment simply watching on the light conditions, the Golden hour varies depending of time and area where you are, but luckily there is an easy tool to calculate it in your current location. It’s called Golden Hour Calculator, through this website, you will easily be able to calculate the Golden hour in the place you are

You will find it simply by entering your current location, the two Golden hours (dawn and dusk) will be marked by two vertical yellow bands, one for the sunrise and the sunset. To know the exact start time and end of the Golden hour must stand with the mouse on the yellow line indicated, a message will tell you the beginning and the end of the Golden hour to get the best lighting conditions in your photos

Another great tool that I use to calculate the Golden hour and many other photography  calculations is Photopills a very usefull app that will improve your shooting calculations, planning and much more

What you need to photograph during Golden Hour

Here a list of what can be very usefull to capture all the beauty of Golden Hour

Use a tripod. It will be darker than during the day so exposures will be generally longer and you may have trouble holding a long exposure shot in your hand

Use a polarize filters. Polarisers will help to enhance colours and reduce sun flare. This step is not mandatory, it depends a lot on the position you have with respect to the sun but generally the polarizer is of great help

Come to location early. The light will often be fading fast, get there early to avoid missing the best light

Do not be hurry to leave. Many times I see photographers leave just too early and loose the magic of some light, sometimes the best light comes after


For all these reasons, the Golden hour is the perfect moment to shoot, benefiting from these moments can be of great help to your photography. If you are looking to take your photos up a notch, shooting during the golden hour can make a big difference to your outdoor photography. Here you can find another resource on golden hour photography to find out more about it

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